James secures water supplies for his clients as they plan for the future. Navigating the increasingly complicated and confusing tangle of State and Federal regulatory agencies is a difficult task for any water or wastewater supplier. James specializes in clearing regulatory hurdles while taking the time to explain to his clients the nuances of agency processes so that they always know where they stand. James represents clients before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC), and the State Office of Administrative Hearings, as well as other administrative agencies and state judicial courts.

Before joining Lloyd Gosselink, James served as an attorney for five years with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. His intimate familiarity with the inner-workings of water rights, districts, utilities, and water quality regulation in Texas provides a unique and valuable perspective to Lloyd Gosselink’s clients.


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  • Professional Licenses and Educationopen


    • Admitted to the State Bar of Texas (2008)
    • Admitted to the U.S. District Courts of Western and Northern Districts of Texas
    • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (2008)
    • B.A., Government, The University of Texas at Austin (2002)


  • Representative Experienceopen


      • Administrative law focusing primarily in representation before regulatory agencies and the State Office of Administrative Hearings regarding a variety of water and natural resources matters
      • Water rights permitting, including major reservoir projects, indirect reuse, and securing new water supplies
      • Water quality permitting, including Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) permits and Texas Land Application Permits (TLAP)
      • Water utilities authorizations, including CCN applications and amendments, and water rate applications
      • Water districts approvals, including creation of new municipal utility districts
      • Represented local governmental entities and private utilities in water rights, groundwater, and wastewater permit authorizations
      • Represented local governmental entities in Chapter 1205 bond validation lawsuits
      • Represented local entities in CCN service area and decertification actions before the PUC, district, and appellate courts
      • Coordinated detailed environmental impact studies for wastewater discharge applicants before TCEQ
      • Numerous contested case hearings before SOAH and administrative appeals to state district and appellate courts, as well as the Texas Supreme Court


    • Publications and Presentationsopen


      • Groundwater engineer, geoscientist, and well-driller ethics presentation to Texas Groundwater Association, 2015-2017
      • Water Reuse in Texas presentation for WateReuse Texas, July, 2016
      • Surface Water Rights 101, CLE International Texas Water Law Conference, October 2013
      • Surface Water Rights 101, Agriculture Extension Agent Conference, April 2013
      • Surface Water Rights in Times of Drought, Pineywoods Resource Conservation & Development Annual Conference, May 2012
      • Water Rights Regulation and Gas Fracking, Texas State Soil and Water Conservation District Directors Annual Meeting, October 2011
      • TCEQ Regulatory Update, Texas Rural Water Association/Texas Water Conservation Association Annual Conference, January 2011


    • Professional Associations and Membershipsopen


      • State Bar of Texas
        – Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section
        – Administrative and Public Law Section
      • Austin Bar Association
      • Texas Young Lawyers Association


    • Personal Profileopen


      As an Austin native, James developed a keen awareness at an early age of the importance of water management through frequent educational and recreational visits to Central Texas’ Highland Lakes. While his work in water law is among his most fervent passions, in his spare time James is a pretty good amateur cook, an increasingly accomplished traveler, and an avid fan of UT football, basketball, and baseball.